Drummer type: professional, likes to hit hard Application: venues that require Quieter It's a rough spot- you can't play as loud as you would, the venue requires less. For me that's a gospel church in the inner city. You have two choices: stay with sticks and tickle your drums, feel like you're playing in a coma -or- Find alternative sticks (rods, brushes, etc) I've tried them all from the clunky big dowels you the hot/cool rods (which I can still often play too loud for tiny places) to nylon that dies on a cymbal to brushes that have no pop. Hands down- these are the best - Still play with passion and purpose Yet drop your volume They are bright on cymbals (even great with splashes) And still can sound like sticks on toms and snare. I highly recommend them. One caveat, because they are thinner bamboo dowels, they can break (piece by piece) when you are going agro on the crash-ride. The fact that you still can feel it to do so says a lot. Nice pop on the snare and sweet splash sound!